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Raymund J. Llaurado, MD

Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive Surgeon located in Arroyo Grande, CA & Santa Maria, CA

Your nose is one of the first things people notice about you. If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your nose, you may consider rhinoplasty. Dr. Raymund J. Llaurado is board-certified in both facial and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology, giving him expert precision and practical know-how. Dr. Llaurado can also repair a deviated septum during a rhinoplasty to improve airflow. Call or book your appointment online to discuss your cosmetic goals with Dr. Llaurado and his professional medical team in the Arroyo Grande, California office.

Rhinoplasty Q & A

What is a rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is surgery to fix and improve the proportions and appearance of your nose. It can also correct airways that impair breathing and structural defects in your nose.

Rhinoplasty can be used to treat:

  • Overall nose size
  • Asymmetry of the nose
  • Oversized or upturned nostrils
  • Nose width for both the nostrils and the bridge
  • A large, bulbous, hooked, or upturned nasal tip
  • Overall nose profile with humps or depressions on the bridge

Dr. Llaurado has dual certification in both facial and reconstructive surgery, and otolaryngology, or head and neck surgery. This dual certification ensures expert results for the men and women he treats.

Who is a good candidate for a rhinoplasty?

You may be a good candidate for a rhinoplasty if:

  • You don’t smoke
  • You have realistic goals
  • Your facial growth is complete
  • You’re in good health and physical condition

How can I prepare for my rhinoplasty?

Each rhinoplasty procedure is unique and customized for your specific anatomy and goals.

You’ll need to avoid medications that can increase bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for at least two weeks before your procedure. You’ll also have an in-depth, preoperative consultation with Dr. Llaurado.

What can I expect during my rhinoplasty procedure?

You’ll be given either local or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of your surgery.

Dr. Llaurado can perform rhinoplasty through a small external incision at the bottom of your nose, between your nostrils, or inside your nose. He adjusts the bone and cartilage underneath your skin using special surgical tools. For small changes and augmentations, cartilage from deep inside your nose or in your ear is usable.

If necessary, Dr. Llaurado might also repair a deviated septum in conjunction with a rhinoplasty. Doing so improves airflow through the nasal passages.

Following surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room until the medical staff determines you’re ready to go home. You might need to wear a splint or packing inside your nose and bandages on the outside to protect the new structures. The initial swelling should subside within a few weeks.

If you’re unhappy with your nose and you’re ready to make changes, call or book an appointment online to discuss rhinoplasty with Dr. Llaurado.

*Individual results may vary